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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Nuclear Talks with Iran Show New US Approach to Middle East - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The US is rethinking its approach to the Middle East and has even found commonalities with erstwhile archenemy Iran. Meanwhile, relations with traditional American allies, such as Israel and Saudi Arabia, are cooling. A nuclear deal could further the shift.



Nuclear Talks with Iran Show New US Approach to Middle East - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Portman Discusses Iran Nuclear Negotiations on Fox News

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Sen. Fischer Raises Concerns on Proposed WOTUS Rule

Senator John Thune Discusses Iran

Halperin: Democrats Talking About Clinton Scandals

Heilemann: Clinton’s Entire Convenience Argument “Has Crumbled At Her Feet”

How Indiana's "religious freedom" law differs from other states'

Slavoj Zizek: Greatest Threat to Europe Is It's Inertia - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek is one of Europe's boldest intellectuals and also a self-avowed leftist. In a new work, he argues Europe shouldn't be overly tolerant towards Islamism and that the Continent needs a 'leading culture' of Enlightenment.



Slavoj Zizek: Greatest Threat to Europe Is It's Inertia - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire | TheHill

The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.
Obama has raised the stakes on the negotiations, and if a deal fails to materialize before the March 31 deadline, it will be a blow to his legacy and criticism of the White House will be intense.


Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire | TheHill

IN Gov. Pence wants to clarify RFRA

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CNBC's Mary Thompson reports the latest regarding Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom law. Indiana Governor Mike Pence will hold a press conference Tuesday morning.

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Autofill mistake exposes Obama's passport data | TheHill

An Australian government official made the mistake that is every office workers’ nightmare: an autofill mistake causing an email to go to the wrong person.
Except in this person’s case, the mistaken email exposed the personal details of 31 world leaders, including President Barack Obama.


Autofill mistake exposes Obama's passport data | TheHill

Warren: Schumer has fought 'on the front lines' with me | TheHill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said she has fought “side by side” with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on a range of issues, as she heaped praise on the New Yorker who appears poised to become the top Democrat in the Senate.
Warren dismissed the idea that Schumer was too closely affiliated with the financial industry in a recent NPR interview, undercutting the notion that she could lead any liberal discontent with Schumer due to his ties to the financial industry.


Warren: Schumer has fought 'on the front lines' with me | TheHill

House Dem calls for five-day workweek | TheHill

Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) wants the House to work five days a week when it is in session.
Lawmakers typically fly in from their districts for Monday votes at 6:30 p.m. and depart Washington by mid-afternoon Thursday. Occasionally the House starts its week Tuesday evening and adjourns Friday afternoon.


House Dem calls for five-day workweek | TheHill

Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton backs accuracy of 'House of Cards' | TheHill

According to Kevin Spacey, his friend Bill Clinton says 99 percent of what’s seen on “House of Cards” is true.



Kevin Spacey: Bill Clinton backs accuracy of 'House of Cards' | TheHill

Debate over liquor sales in Kansas supermarkets continues | Local News - KMBC Home

Senate committee takes up debate on Tuesday



Debate over liquor sales in Kansas supermarkets continues | Local News - KMBC Home

Hallmark seeks to cut 200 jobs in next several months | Local News - KMBC Home

Hall: Company is looking for ways to reduce costs as consumer spending changes



Hallmark seeks to cut 200 jobs in next several months | Local News - KMBC Home

Recovered teen's relieved mom urges parents: Talk to your kids | Local News - KMBC Home

Hannah Sue Kennish's homecoming from New Mexico delayed



Recovered teen's relieved mom urges parents: Talk to your kids | Local News - KMBC Home

FBI's high-tech tools help track missing Missouri teen | Local News - KMBC Home

Hannah Sue Kennish found with 55-year-old man in New Mexico



FBI's high-tech tools help track missing Missouri teen | Local News - KMBC Home

FBI recommends ways for parents to monitor kids' online behavior | Local News - KMBC Home

Lack of browser history can be red flag



FBI recommends ways for parents to monitor kids' online behavior | Local News - KMBC Home

Man suffers life-threatening injuries in KC crash | Local News - KMBC Home

Police seek 3 spotted running from the area



Man suffers life-threatening injuries in KC crash | Local News - KMBC Home

Missing Missouri teen found safe in New Mexico | Local News - KMBC Home

Hannah Sue Kennish found with 55-year-old man after online communication



Missing Missouri teen found safe in New Mexico | Local News - KMBC Home

Police: Missouri auditor spokesman dead in apparent suicide | Local News - KMBC Home

Police say Spence Jackson left note behind



Police: Missouri auditor spokesman dead in apparent suicide | Local News - KMBC Home

Kansas, Missouri have religious freedom laws similar to Indiana | Local News - KMBC Home

Legal expert says controversial Indiana statute contains key difference



Kansas, Missouri have religious freedom laws similar to Indiana | Local News - KMBC Home

No injuries reported in Lee's Summit school bus crash | Local News - KMBC Home

Bus wrecks with 18 students on board



No injuries reported in Lee's Summit school bus crash | Local News - KMBC Home

Royals to hold new Play-It-Forward vote for 6th Inning Song | Local News - KMBC Home

'Don't Stop Believin,'' 'Friends in Low Places' among 16 choices



Royals to hold new Play-It-Forward vote for 6th Inning Song | Local News - KMBC Home

Sibley man charged in fatal hit-and-run wreck | Local News - KMBC Home

Theron Stockbridge charged with involuntary manslaughter, leaving scene of crash



Sibley man charged in fatal hit-and-run wreck | Local News - KMBC Home

Russia Recedes into Nationalism and Political Immorality - SPIEGEL ONLINE

The murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov reveals that Russia has become morally unhinged. The country is transforming into a nationalist fortress and the powers that be are happy to ignore the potentially dangerous implications.



Russia Recedes into Nationalism and Political Immorality - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Elizabeth Warren tells Wall Street: 'Bring it on' - Mar. 30, 2015

Elizabeth Warren has a clear message for Wall Street: "Bring it on."



The senator from Massachusetts said Monday that she will continue to call for financial reforms and for big Wall Street banks to be broken up, despite potential retaliation against Democratic candidates.



Elizabeth Warren tells Wall Street: 'Bring it on' - Mar. 30, 2015

How far Chinese moms will go to have U.S. babies - Mar. 30, 2015

It's no secret -- moms will do just about anything for their kids.



Some are even willing to commit visa fraud, lie to immigration officers and pay tens of thousands of dollars to shady middlemen -- as long as the payoff is a U.S. passport for their newborn.



How far Chinese moms will go to have U.S. babies - Mar. 30, 2015

Score one for China! U.S. loses Asia bank tussle - Mar. 30, 2015

Just a few months ago, Beijing's plan to build a rival to the World Bank looked like something of a quixotic mission.



With the initial deadline to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) fast approaching, only a few countries had pledged their support. The United States, and its close allies, remained on the sidelines.



Score one for China! U.S. loses Asia bank tussle - Mar. 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

'Walking Dead' conquers ratings with record finale - Mar. 30, 2015

The title "Conquer" for the special 90-minute season five finale of "The Walking Dead" was right.



AMC's smash hit, "The Walking Dead," conquered the competition hauling in another ratings record for the series by bringing in the highest-rated finale in its history.



'Walking Dead' conquers ratings with record finale - Mar. 30, 2015

Mayor Emanuel and Sprint Announce More Than 300 Jobs and Major Infrastructure Investment Coming to Chicago | Sprint Newsroom

Mayor Emanuel and Sprint Announce More Than 300 Jobs and Major Infrastructure Investment Coming to Chicago | Sprint Newsroom

Connecticut bans travel to Indiana over Mike Pence's religious freedom law - Mar. 30, 2015



Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy is joining a growing number of voices against a controversial Indiana law that critics say discriminates against gay people.


Malloy signed an executive order Monday blocking state-funded travel to Indiana and other states that permit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.



Connecticut bans travel to Indiana over Mike Pence's religious freedom law - Mar. 30, 2015

American consumers just aren't spending - Mar. 30, 2015

Consumer spending is often called an engine of the United States economy. That engine may be about to blow a gasket. Consumers are sitting on their wallets.



The government reported Monday that personal consumption expenditures -- aka consumer spending -- rose just 0.1% in February. That follows two months of declines of 0.2%.



American consumers just aren't spending - Mar. 30, 2015

Jay Z's TIDAL music service to be owned by artists - Mar. 30, 2015

Jay Z along with some of the biggest artists in music made waves on Monday with the announcement of TIDAL, the first-ever artist owned streaming service.



"We come to you with one voice in unity," artist Alicia Keys said during the live event. "The first ever artist owned global music and entertainment platform!"



Jay Z's TIDAL music service to be owned by artists - Mar. 30, 2015

Robin Williams' wife, kids fight over his estate - Mar. 30, 2015

Robin Williams' wife and children are fighting over his estate, heading to court to try and settle the dispute.



At issue are his clothes, jewelry, photos and awards at one of the late actor's homes, located in Tiburon, California, including a promise ring and the tuxedo Williams wore at their wedding.



Robin Williams' wife, kids fight over his estate - Mar. 30, 2015

Popular Google search: 'Why are gas prices so low?' - Mar. 30, 2015

The dramatic crash in oil prices is a mystery to many Americans.



If you type "why are" into Google search, the top two auto-complete results are: "gas prices so low" and "oil prices falling." The next most popular forms of this question: "why are gmos bad" and "why are gas prices going up."



Popular Google search: 'Why are gas prices so low?' - Mar. 30, 2015

George Soros: I may invest $1 billion in Ukraine - Mar. 30, 2015

George Soros has long called for the West to pump billions into Ukraine. Now he says he's ready to walk the talk.



The veteran hedge fund investor told an Austrian newspaper he was prepared to invest $1 billion in the collapsing war-ravaged economy under certain circumstances.



George Soros: I may invest $1 billion in Ukraine - Mar. 30, 2015

Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart as new host of 'The Daily Show' - Mar. 30, 2015

Comedy Central has found its next Jon Stewart.



Trevor Noah, 31, the South African comedian who is an on-air contributor on the show, will take the seat of Stewart, the longtime host who is signing off later this year.



Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart as new host of 'The Daily Show' - Mar. 30, 2015

5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans - Mar. 30, 2015

Honey, grab the kids: we're going abroad.



Much of the world is on sale for Americans right now since the U.S. dollar is enjoying one of the strongest moments in modern history.



5 travel spots that just got cheaper for Americans - Mar. 30, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Now a 90% chance I'll run for president in 2016 - Mar. 30, 2015

Carly Fiorina, former Hewlett-Packard CEO, says the odds are "very high" she will seek the Republican presidential nomination.



In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Fiorina said the chances of her joining an already crowded field of presidential hopefuls is now "higher than 90%."



Carly Fiorina: Now a 90% chance I'll run for president in 2016 - Mar. 30, 2015

Andrew Sullivan: Blogging nearly killed me - Mar. 30, 2015

For years, Andrew Sullivan blogged at a prolific rate.



His prodigious output was supplemented by dispatches from readers, public debates with fellow bloggers and ruminations on everything from the Geneva Conventions to "South Park." Blogging was a medium -- and a lifestyle -- that he helped pioneer. It also nearly proved to be his undoing.



Andrew Sullivan: Blogging nearly killed me - Mar. 30, 2015

Nearly 1 in 5 people aren't saving at all - Mar. 30, 2015

When it comes to saving, we aren't doing enough of it.



Roughly half of Americans are saving 5% or less of their incomes, including 18% that are not saving anything, according to a survey from Bankrate. Only about a quarter of people are saving more than 10% of their earnings.



Nearly 1 in 5 people aren't saving at all - Mar. 30, 2015

Men shot outside NSA were dressed as women

Church van accident claims 8 lives

Misstep almost sends Obama tumbling

What happens during a year in space?

German prosecutor: Co-pilot suicidal in the past

Police investigating incident at NSA

Ryan Meets with Milton High School Discovering Democracy Students | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Ryan Meets with Milton High School Discovering Democracy Students | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Ryan building Obamacare 'off ramp' | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Ryan building Obamacare 'off ramp' | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

SPIEGEL Interview with John Cleese - SPIEGEL ONLINE

In an interview, British comedian John Cleese talks about his time as a comedian with Monty Python, the permissability of Muslim satire -- it is -- his longtime fascination for Germany and its language and a third marriage he wishes never happened.



SPIEGEL Interview with John Cleese - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Graham Discusses Iran Nuclear Deal with Hours Until Deadline

New challenges as Iran nuclear deadline looms

Elizabeth Warren plays Ted Cruz role with House Democrats | TheHill

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is meeting with House Democrats in an effort to push back against President Obama's trade agenda.
The liberal senator met Tuesday with a group of House Democrats before administration officials were to meet with a larger of group of Democrats to discuss the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) process, one of the most controversial issues in two trade deals that the Obama administration is negotiating.


Elizabeth Warren plays Ted Cruz role with House Democrats | TheHill

Boehner vows sanctions if Iran talks fail | TheHill

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday promised fresh sanctions on Iran should the Obama administration fail to secure a deal over the country's nuclear program.



Boehner vows sanctions if Iran talks fail | TheHill

Scott Walker's partner in power | TheHill

A Scott Walker presidential campaign may end up being one of the easier things Tonette Walker has had to endure. 
The Wisconsin first lady has experienced poverty, becoming a young widow and losing other close family members, the lonely period of cynicism and despair that followed, a whirlwind romance to the much younger future governor, and death threats from a nasty labor fight. 


Scott Walker's partner in power | TheHill

O'Malley: No one's 'inevitable' for 2016 | TheHill

Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) on Sunday scoffed at the notion that any Democrat was a lock for his party’s 2016 presidential nomination.



O'Malley: No one's 'inevitable' for 2016 | TheHill

Cruz: 'I was not a community organizer' | TheHill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the only major declared Republican presidential candidate, is defending his credentials as a freshman senator while pursuing a White House bid.
“Unlike Barack Obama, I was not a community organizer before I was elected to the Senate,” Cruz said during an interview aired on CNN's "State of the Union."


Cruz: 'I was not a community organizer' | TheHill

Alpacapalooza! Lovable critters wrap up weekend at Hale Arena | Local News - KMBC Home

Weekend gathering draws owners, animals from all over



Alpacapalooza! Lovable critters wrap up weekend at Hale Arena | Local News - KMBC Home

KC Super Star auditions begin with 2014 shootings in mind | Local News - KMBC Home

Organizers work to find positive after shooting tragedy



KC Super Star auditions begin with 2014 shootings in mind | Local News - KMBC Home

KCK police investigate double shooting | Local News - KMBC Home

Police say victims' injuries don't appear to be life-threatening



KCK police investigate double shooting | Local News - KMBC Home

Report: Kansas lawmaker used state play (plane?) to fly back for school vote | Local News - KMBC Home

Rep. Virgil Peck made trip from Coffeyville to help pass block grant bill



Report: Kansas lawmaker used state play to fly back for school vote | Local News - KMBC Home

Plans for new prison in KC generate positive response | Local News - KMBC Home

Facility will be able to hold low-risk inmates during day



Plans for new prison in KC generate positive response | Local News - KMBC Home

Missouri lawmaker wants to cap state's 28 official symbols | Local News - KMBC Home

State currently has 28 official designations



Missouri lawmaker wants to cap state's 28 official symbols | Local News - KMBC Home

Sunday, March 29, 2015

ABC'S Matthew Dowd: Hillary Clinton Is "Extremely Vulnerable" Right Now

O'Malley: Clinton Is No Longer The "Best Choice" For Our Country

CORKER URGES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND NEGOTIATORS NOT TO “RUSH HEADLONG” INTO A BAD DEAL WITH IRAN

From Senator Bob Corker:


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged the Obama administration and negotiators for other P5-plus-one nations not to “rush headlong” into a nuclear deal with Iran just to meet a March 31 target date for a political framework agreement. Negotiations will continue until June 30, which is the final deadline for a comprehensive agreement.
“I am concerned our negotiators may be cutting corners and overlooking significant issues as they rush headlong into a deal,” said Sen. Bob Corker. “Our nation and the world would be much better off if they would slow down or pause to ensure that if a deal is reached, it will be enforceable, hold Iran accountable, and be strong enough to stand the test of time. Especially with all of the turmoil in the region today, a bad deal is far worse than no deal. These negotiations will affect many generations to come, and should be done with the soberness and pragmatism that acknowledges its importance.”
Senator Corker announced earlier this month that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will vote on April 14 on his bipartisan legislation, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which would require congressional review of a nuclear deal if one is reached by June 30. Corker believes the American people, through their elected representatives, must have the opportunity to weigh in to ensure any final deal truly can eliminate the threat of Iran’s nuclear program and hold the regime accountable.
The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 would require any final agreement with Iran to be submitted to Congress for a 60-day review period before congressionally-mandated sanctions on Iran could be waived or suspended by the president. The legislation was coauthored by Senators Corker, Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.). Cosponsors of the bill include Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Bill Nelson (D- Fla.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Angus King (I-Maine), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Dean Heller (R-NV), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).
For text and a summary of the bill, click here.
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FEMA Awards $921,790 Grant to the Village of Valley View and $224,670 Grant to Medina County

CHICAGO -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has released Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) funds in the amount of $921,790 to the village of Valley View, Ohio, and $224,670 to Medina County, Ohio, for the mitigation of flood prone residential structures.  The Medina County funding will be used to acquire and demolish one structure in the floodplain of the Rocky River.



FEMA Awards $921,790 Grant to the Village of Valley View and $224,670 Grant to Medina County

Obama's big brain on Iran | TheHill

President Obama’s secret weapon in the last days of nuclear negotiations with Iran is Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist and the administration’s big brain in the talks. 
Moniz, who taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for four decades before joining the administration, is now serving as Secretary of State John Kerry’s right-hand man.


Obama's big brain on Iran | TheHill

Schumer grabs new power | TheHill

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is all but certain to become the next leader of Senate Democrats after the 2016 election, completing a rise to power that began more than a decade ago.
Schumer spent Friday calling fellow Democratic senators to win their support to succeed Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.), who personally endorsed Schumer after announcing he would not run for reelection. He believes he has the votes to win an overwhelming majority of the caucus, a person close to Schumer said.


Schumer grabs new power | TheHill

GOP puts Bergdahl swap on trial | TheHill

Republicans intend to highlight the controversial trade for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to mount an attack on President Obama’s foreign policy.

The Army’s moves to charge the solider with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy have given Republicans a new opportunity to challenge Obama’s decision last year to secure his freedom by releasing five senior Taliban commanders from Guantánamo Bay.



GOP puts Bergdahl swap on trial | TheHill

GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

The fight over the labeling of genetically engineered food is heating up on Capitol Hill, as safety advocates mount a campaign to beat back industry-backed legislation that would leave the nation without a mandatory labeling standard.  
 
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 last week with lead co-sponsor Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The bill would create a voluntary federal labeling standard, while pre-empting states from passing their own mandatory labeling laws for genetically modified — or GMO — foods. 



GMO bill intensifies federal food fight | TheHill

Apple CEO blasts Indiana ‘religious freedom’ law | TheHill

The CEO of Apple is wading into the debate over a new Indiana law that some believe could allow businesses to turn away gay, lesbian or transgender customers. 
 
Tim Cook, who came out as gay last year, took to Twitter to express his disapproval of the statute. 


Apple CEO blasts Indiana ‘religious freedom’ law | TheHill

RNC on Clinton: 'Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes' | TheHill

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted Hillary Clinton on Saturday for wiping her server and permanently deleting all emails. 

"Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes," Priebus said in a statement.



RNC on Clinton: 'Even Nixon didn't destroy the tapes' | TheHill

Christie: America 'weaker' under Obama | TheHill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a potential 2016 GOP presidential contender, took aim at President Obama during a speech before hundreds of Michigan Republicans in suburban Detroit this weekend.
 
“America under Barack Obama has become a defensive, reactive and weaker country both at home and abroad,” Christie told about 800 people gathered at a local Republican party annual fundraising dinner in Shelby Township, according to the Associated Press.


Christie: America 'weaker' under Obama | TheHill

Obama golfs with sports stars in Florida | TheHill

President Obama on Saturday hit the links with a pair of retired professional athletes in Florida.
White House pool reports said Obama reached Palm City, Fla., for a golf vacation Saturday afternoon. Ex-athletes Ahmad Rashad and Alonzo Mourning joined the president, as did longtime friend Cy Walker.


Obama golfs with sports stars in Florida | TheHill

Accused Car Thief Might Have Gotten Away With Heist. But Instead He Served Up a Great Big Helping of Stupid. | Video | TheBlaze.com

Texas car salesman Neal Brister figured something was a bit off when a young customer of his took one of his pickup trucks for 35-minute test drive last weekend.
A lengthy enough joyride to possibly get a key duplicated, Brister told WFAA-TV in Dallas-Ft. Worth.


Accused Car Thief Might Have Gotten Away With Heist. But Instead He Served Up a Great Big Helping of Stupid. | Video | TheBlaze.com

Congressional Republicans Burned ‘Barack Obama’ — but Then He Bulked Up and Laid the Smackdown on Them | Video | TheBlaze.com

When Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson appears on “Saturday Night Live,” it’s only a matter of time before “The Rock Obama” shows up.
Johnson played the alter ego of “Barack Obama,” incensed over congressional Republicans’ actions, in this week’s “SNL” cold open.


Congressional Republicans Burned ‘Barack Obama’ — but Then He Bulked Up and Laid the Smackdown on Them | Video | TheBlaze.com

Man taken into custody after chase, crash | Local News - KMBC Home

Police arrest man after he fled into house



Man taken into custody after chase, crash | Local News - KMBC Home

Woman, 19, charged with abusing 1-year-old daughter who died | Local News - KMBC Home

Donniesha Lee also charged with domestic assault



Woman, 19, charged with abusing 1-year-old daughter who died | Local News - KMBC Home

Silver Alert issued for missing KCK woman | Local News - KMBC Home

Sandra Kindle left home early Saturday



Silver Alert issued for missing KCK woman | Local News - KMBC Home

$1.5M lawsuit filed over Lawrence beer bottle death | Local News - KMBC Home

Nicholas Sardina died in February 2012



$1.5M lawsuit filed over Lawrence beer bottle death | Local News - KMBC Home

Bills would ban gender neutral housing, unisex bathrooms | Local News - KMBC Home

Rep. Jeff Pogue says he wants to 'protect the social norms of our state'



Bills would ban gender neutral housing, unisex bathrooms | Local News - KMBC Home

Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses | Local News - KMBC Home

Supermarket, convenience store chains support move



Kansas Senate panel to consider expanding liquor licenses | Local News - KMBC Home

School asks special needs student to remove letter jacket | Local News - KMBC Home

Family bought Michael Kelley varsity letter



School asks special needs student to remove letter jacket | Local News - KMBC Home

Police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run crash | Local News - KMBC Home

34-year-old man stopped at red light killed in wreck



Police seek driver in fatal hit-and-run crash | Local News - KMBC Home

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Beating on train linked to Ferguson?

Claycomo Woman Sentenced in $5 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

FBI Kansas City Division Press Release:


Claycomo Woman Sentenced in $5 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 25, 2015
  • Western District of Missouri(816) 426-3122
KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a Claycomo, Mo., woman who operated a real estate business was sentenced in federal court today for her role in a $5 million mortgage fraud scheme.
Teresa Jean Whitten, 41, of Claycomo, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Dean Whipple to six years in federal prison without parole. The court also ordered Whitten to pay $1,527,607 in restitution.
On Nov. 21, 2013, Whitten pleaded guilty to wire fraud, money laundering and theft of government money.
Whitten was doing business under the name Leadership to Homeownership. Whitten engaged in a mortgage fraud scheme from early to mid-2007 through Feb. 23, 2009, in which mortgage lenders loaned borrowers approximately $5,088,224. Whitten obtained in excess of $400,000 from the loan proceeds.
Whitten solicited potential buyers by advertisements, flyers, a Web site, and other means, claiming that she had a program through which people could purchase houses without putting money down and could qualify and obtain mortgage loans for which they would not otherwise qualify. Whitten’s scheme relied on false and fraudulent loan applications and supporting documents. The false and fraudulent representations and omissions included borrowers’ income, employment, assets, liabilities and intent to occupy the property as their primary residence.
Loan applications falsely claimed the borrowers were making a down payment and were bringing money to closing, when in fact the funds were supplied by Whitten. As part of the scheme, Whitten gave cash to borrowers so they could obtain cashier’s checks from their banks to take to closings. From the loan proceeds, after closing Whitten received funds both for her fee and reimbursement for the funds she advanced, none of which was disclosed to the lenders.
In addition to the mortgage fraud scheme, Whitten engaged in a Social Security fraud scheme. Whitten received $78,964 in disability insurance benefits and auxiliary payments for her children to which she was not entitled, as well as a $250 Recovery Act payment, for a total of $79,214. Whitten concealed from the Social Security Administration that she was working in real estate, doing business as Leadership to Homeownership and earning income and money as a result of that work. She concealed her income and earnings for the purpose of obtaining federally-funded benefits she knew she was not eligible to receive
This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen D. Mahoney. It was investigated by IRS-Criminal Investigation, HUD—Office of Inspector General, the Social Security Administration—Office of Inspector General and the FBI.
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Pineville Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography, Faces at Least 25 Years in Prison

FBI Kansas City Division Press Release:


Pineville Sex Offender Pleads Guilty to Producing Child Pornography, Faces at Least 25 Years in Prison

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 25, 2015
  • Western District of Missouri(816) 426-3122
SPRINGFIELD, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced today that a Pineville, Mo., man who is a registered sex offender pleaded guilty in federal court today to producing child pornography.
Jeremy Wayne Law, 30, of Pineville, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush to attempting to use a minor to produce child pornography. Law, who was previously convicted of sexual abuse with a minor in New York, is a registered sex offender.
By pleading guilty today, Law admitted that he communicated via text messages with a 16-year-old female, identified as “T.C.,” who resided in New York. Investigators found pornographic images and videos of T.C. on Law’s computer. Law also admitted that he had twice engaged in sexual intercourse with T.C. in a vehicle and that he had sent her an image of his genitalia.
Under the terms of today’s plea agreement, the court is requested to impose a sentence of at least 25 years in federal prison without parole and not more than 35 years in federal prison without parole. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Abram McGull, II. It was investigated by the FBI, the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force, the Northwest Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the McDonald County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department and the Hamburg, N.Y., Police Department.
Project Safe Childhood
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visitwww.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about Internet safety education, please visitwww.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.
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Two Brothers Charged in $1 Million Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

FBI Kansas City Division Press Release:


Two Brothers Charged in $1 Million Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 24, 2015
  • Western District of Missouri(816) 426-3122
KANSAS CITY, MO—Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that two more Kansas City, Mo., men were indicted by a federal grand jury today for their roles in a 15-member conspiracy to distribute more than $1 million worth of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
Jesse F. Vasquez, 40, and his brother, Jonathan Anthony Vasquez, 34, both of Kansas City, were charged in an eight-count superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Mo.
Today’s indictment replaces a Nov. 18, 2014, indictment and includes the original defendants along with additional charges. Those previously charged are Christopher Brian Padilla, 30, Natalie N. Tinoco, 29, Oswaldo Ulises Lopez, 24, Edward Francis Diaz, Jr., 47, Edward Francis Diaz III, 28, Mary Eloisa Steward, 33, Heriberto Muzquiz III, 43, Nicholas Salinas, 47, and Terry L. Diaz, 50, all of Kansas City, Mo.; Sergio Ibarra-Hernandez, 44, Jose Tereso Salinas-Covarrubias, 46, and Martin Fernando Espinoza-Arevalo, 26, all of whom are citizens of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Mo.; and Adan Rogelio Hernandez-Aceves, also known as Jose Delgado-Hernandez, 44, a citizen of Mexico residing in Kansas City, Kan.
The federal indictment alleges that all of the defendants participated in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana from Jan. 1, 2012, to Nov. 19, 2014. The indictment alleges that conspirators distributed at least 15 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
As in the original indictment, Padilla also is charged with one count of illegally possessing firearms. Padilla allegedly possessed and used a loaded .357-caliber Glock semi-automatic pistol, a Taurus .38-caliber revolver and a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime. Padilla is also charged with selling a Taurus .38-caliber revolver and a Glock .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol to a buyer who was prohibited from possessing a firearm because he was a felon.
Today’s superseding indictment contains several new charges against various defendants.
Salinas and Jonathan Vasquez are charged with possessing cocaine with the intent to distribute. Ibarra-Hernandez and Salinas-Covarrubias are charged with possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
Ibarra-Hernandez, Salinas-Covarrubias and Jonathan Vasquez are charged with being drug users in possession of firearms and ammunition. The indictment alleges that the three men, who were addicted to marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other controlled substances, were in possession of a Ruger semi-automatic handgun, a Smith and Wesson .357-caliber handgun and ammunition.
Ibarra-Hernandez and Salinas-Covarrubias are charged with being illegal aliens in possession of firearms and ammunition.
Ibarra-Hernandez, Espinoza-Arevalo and Hernandez-Aceves are also charged with illegally reentering the United States after having been deported.
The federal indictment also contains a forfeiture allegation, which would require the defendants to forfeit to the government any property derived from the proceeds of the drug-trafficking conspiracy or used to facilitate the commission of the drug-trafficking conspiracy, including a money judgment of $1,050,000 for which all of the defendants are jointly and severally liable. This sum, in aggregate, allegedly was received in exchange for the unlawful distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana, based on a conservative average street price of $32,000 per kilogram of cocaine, $1,000 per ounce of methamphetamine and $500 per pound of marijuana and the total conspiracy distribution of at least 15 kilograms of cocaine, two kilograms of methamphetamine and 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
The forfeiture allegation would also require the defendants to forfeit two residential properties owned by Salinas, a 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche pick-up owned by Hernandez-Aceves and $59,708 seized by law enforcement officers.
Dickinson cautioned that these charges are simply accusations, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charges must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bruce Rhoades. It was investigated by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the FBI.
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Former Banker in Great Bend Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

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Former Banker in Great Bend Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

U.S. Attorney’s OfficeMarch 23, 2015
  • District of Kansas(316) 269-6481
WICHITA, KS—A former loan officer for a bank in Great Bend pleaded guilty Monday to a federal charge of bank fraud, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.
Brian W. Harrison, 56, Great Bend, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of bank fraud. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred during the time from 2004 to 2012 when he was a loan officer for Farmer’s Bank and Trust in Great Bend.
His duties included reviewing, approving and disbursing loans within his lending authority without the approval of the bank’s loan committee. In furtherance of a scheme to defraud the bank, he made or caused to be made false statements to the bank to hide the poor performance of various loans he made. His false statements were intended to deflect questions from the bank about problems with the loans. He falsified credit and loan applications, promissory notes and security agreements on behalf of a purported debtor without the debtor’s proper authority.
Sentencing is set for he. Both parties have agreed to recommend a sentence of six months in prison, followed by six months home detention, as well as an order to pay more than $124,000 in restitution.
Grissom commended the FBI, the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) and Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron Smith for their work on the case.
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McConnell Appoints Kentuckian to National Women’s History Museum Commission

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Mar 27 2015

McConnell Appoints Kentuckian to National Women’s History Museum Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced today he appointed Bridget Bush of Louisville, Kentucky, to serve on the newly created National Women’s History Museum Commission. Bush currently practices law in Louisville. Senator McConnell also appointed Jane Abraham, General Chairman of Susan B. Anthony List, to serve on the commission.
The commission will explore the creation of a National Women’s History Museum in Washington, D.C. The commission will consist of eight members – two appointed by Senator McConnell – and will be responsible for making a recommendation to the President and Congress regarding the establishment of the museum. The members will study cost, impact, fundraising and location and will include findings in their report within the next 18 months.
“I am proud to appoint Bridget to help pioneer this important commission. She is a strong Kentucky conservative who will represent the Commonwealth well in this new role,” Senator McConnell said.
“Our nation was founded and has thrived through the efforts of both women and men.  I am grateful to Leader McConnell and thrilled to have this opportunity to serve on a commission dedicated to presenting our nation’s story fairly and accurately, with many represented perspectives. Abigail Adams once wrote, ‘If we mean to have heroes, statesmen and philosophers, we should have learned women,’ to which I would add the importance of learning about women in American history,” Bridget Bush said.